Suburban Senshi Entry #2132 - “Movie REVIEW: Breaking News (2004)”
#2132 “Movie REVIEW: Breaking News (2004)”
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
So trying to get back in the swing of Asian Cinema reviews, we're talking a look at Johnny To's "Breaking News", which is a Cops vs Robbers tale set in Hong Kong.
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
Here's the trailer
Mdm_Maestro 05/12/2018
We will be considering four areas - Plot, visuals, Audio and the overall feel of the film.
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
PLOT
FireFly_9 05/12/2018
The story boils down to this. A bunch of criminals engage in a shootout with Hong Kong police that is caught on camera, making the police lose face. The police decide to turn the tables by using the media to look strong as they pursue the villains in an apartment complex. The crooks quickly realize what is happening and try to manipulate the media as well.
Reverend_H 05/12/2018
It's an interesting story where everyone comes off looking like a[BLEEP]les, yo. The cops for wasting their time with cheap stunts to impress the news and the crooks (hey, they're having a great meal on TV, let's counter by buying expensive lunches for all our police and the media too, yo) and the media for putting the screws on the police like this in the first place, yo.
Mdm_Maestro 05/12/2018
Yes, the criminals and the police both make tactical mistakes because they are too busy trying to play the media versus accomplishing their respective goals-- escape and capture, namely.
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
It's a pretty damning scenario, but it doesn't beat you over the head with it, you need to think about it. So I give the plot two out of two dragonballs.
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018




Mdm_Maestro 05/12/2018
Visuals
Mdm_Maestro 05/12/2018
The beginning of the movie tries an ambitious trick to look like it's all one continuous take, the camra panning and shaking from point A to B in the opening gunfight that sets the scene, and even up several stories to get a window-gunmans's perspective. The movie also makes th ebest use of Hong Kong's dense skyline and packed city blocks, giving it a very Ghost in the Shell feel (as in the scenes were Motoko is chasing a gunman through a city area in that movie). You always feel like you are transported to the location, never that it's "generic Asian city". I think more could have been done to emphasize the media-recorded nature of it all, but that's a minor quibble and will not stop me from awarding this movie two dragonballs for visuals.
Mdm_Maestro 05/12/2018




// J_Daito // 05/12/2018
Audio
IrnChef_Jovian 05/12/2018
The score on this movie tries. Like a lot of Hong Kong / Chinese movies, the score still feels like someone with a synthesizer keyboard was paid to bash a few keys here and there. There were attempts to introduce a pulse pounding dramatic score, but they just start and stop.
Flame_Sniper 05/12/2018
I disagree with you. Wall to wall sound that says "THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO FEEL RIGHT NOW" is a turn off for me. This movie kept it subtle and strategic, IMO. Just enough to get your pulse moving for moments of tension, and then it gets out of the way.
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
I dunno it could be a bias thing, but it's a RARE HK / Chinese movie that gets super high marks for me on this front. I'll say one Draognball because it's not absolute ass




FireFly_9 05/12/2018
Overall Feeling
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
I liked it, though the pace was all over the place for me. There were times, like a certain hostage situation, where you felt alternate menace and calm, and it did a good job of reminding you that even criminals aren't just cut-out caricatures. The one issue I had was the sense of tension ebbed and flowed TOO much in the movie. Crooks are holed up in a building and the cops are talking timr out to lunch? (in theory giving the crooks more time to do stuff?) Just because some of the crooks were on Webcam having a nice meal doesn't mean other stuff was happening.
Reverend_H 05/12/2018
But that circles back to the plot of "Everyone is dumbass stupid" in this movie. It's on purpose, yo.
SpeedRcr_X 05/12/2018
Well the overall feeling was good, but not "OMG THIS IS GREAT" like I've gotten from many films. So I give it one-half dragonball for a total of five and a half:




Mdm_Maestro 05/12/2018
That's still a very high rating, and it is worth watching, RECOMMENDED.









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